The original asking price for the Anaheim Angels was
some $300 million. When they were sold last week to
Arturo Moreno, it was for considerably less than that:
$180 million. That selling price, writes Eric Fisher
of the Washington Times, could heavily influence how
much new owners should pay Major League Baseball to
take possession of the league-owned Expos. MLB paid
$120 for the Expos and one must wonder if they are
even worth two-thirds of that at this point.
It is against baseball's rules for players and
executives under contract to announce a desire to work
for a different organization. Conversely, it is
against the rules for teams to let it be known they
covet those under contract to a different franchise.
There are no such rules governing reporters, however,
and here is one who thinks that Giants general manager
Brian Sabean would look good sitting behind a desk at
Shea Stadium. Is that even a factor here, though?
Lawrence Rocca of the Newark Star-Ledger writes that
Sabean is working the 2003 season on a handshake deal
and he suggests the Mets might make a big play for him
after axing current GM Steve Phillips at the end of
The Angels had their Rally Monkey and now their
regional rivals the Dodgers are going to have a&Rally
Donkey? T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times is
running a contest to create a groundswell of support
for just such a mascot.
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